Cooking with Love

Friday, November 20, 2009

Falafel Friday

Falafel. There isn't a human being in the middle east that doesn't love it. For us - it's like Mcdonalds. A fast food. There is the never ending argument in each city of who has the best Falafel. There are even blocks with at least 7-8 falafel stands. Each one announcing that he is king. We have Abraham the Falafel King, next to him is Abraham the King of Kings, and right by him another Abraham, only he is the King of all the kings. I think you get the picture.
Then there is the never ending argument of who invented the Falafel. Was it the jews in Egypt, while in exiled slavery? Did the Lebanese jews bring it with them to Israel?
Falafel is Falafel, whether Jews, Israelis, Lebanese or Syrians invented it. It just doesn't matter and definately not worth the argument.
Please see this fact sheet for more interesting info on Falafel.
Since making my wonderful pita pockets I figured its time to make Falafel. And they came out great :-)

  • 2 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh corriander
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2pices of dark bread, crumbled
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oil for frying


Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water. Allow to soak overnight.

Drain chickpeas.

In a meat grinder grind the chickpeas,garlic, onion, coriander, and bread. Mix togehter

Add cumin,baking soda, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. The mixtures taste should be a bit bolder than expexted. It will mellow out during the frying.

Let stand 30 minutes to an hour.

Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball.

Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).

Serve hot

The mixture
Serve in pita bread, with salad and tehina


Allie said...

Oh lord. I had falafel just the other day, and now you've made me crave it again. Your falafel looks amazing!!!!

prettybaker said...

Thanks honey....and it really is pretty easy to make.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE falafels!


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